RELST 338 / WES 300 – African American Religious Experience: Schedule of Readings & Assignments (F’22)

January 30: Introductions, Expectations

IN-CLASS: Syllabus; Johnson, “Ancient African Religion Finds Roots in America

“FOUNDATIONS”?

February 1: Presentations of African American Religious Experiences

READ: Long, “African American Religion in the United States of America
IN-CLASS: The Green Pastures (1936)

February 6: Film Discussion

READ: HARVEY, “Introduction”

The “INVISIBLE” INSTITUTION

February 8: The Middle Passage

READ: HARVEY, ch. 1
READ: RABOTEAU, ch. 1-2
READ: Prothero, “Yoruba Religion

February 13: The Invisible Institution, I

READ: HARVEY, ch. 2-3
DUE: Paper topic

February 15: Academic Paper Writing (No new reading)

February 20 – February 22: The Invisible Institution, II

READ: RABOTEAU, ch. 3-6
PRESENTATIONS: Baumfree; Vesey; Wheatley

The BLACK CHURCH

February 27: The Black Church, I

READ: HARVEY, chapter 4
PRESENTATION: Allen
DUE: Response #1 (on RABOTEAU)

February 29: The Black Church, II

March 5: The Black Church, III

READ: FRAZIER (entire)

VARIATIONS on a THEME

March 7: Marcus Garvey & Rastafarianism

READ: Price, “Production of a Black Messiah”
PRESENTATION: Howell
DUE: Response #2 (on FRAZIER)

March 12: The Father Divine Peace Mission Movement

READ: Erickson, “Black Messiah”
PRESENTATION: da Graça

March 14: The Rise of “Black Ethnics”

READ: Johnson, “The Rise of Black Ethnics”
PRESENTATION: Divine

March 19 – March 21: NO CLASS (Spring Break)

March 26: Hebrew Israelites

READ: Gold, “The Black Jews of Harlem”
PRESENTATION: Crowdy

March 28: Moorish Science Temple

READ: The Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America
PRESENTATION: Drew

April 2 – April 4: African American Islam

READ: Berg, “Mythmaking in the African American Muslim Context”
PRESENTATION: Muhammad
DUE (April 2): Response #3 (on da Graça and Divine)

The BLACK CHURCH, REVISITED

April 9 – April 11: The Black Church, Revisited

READ: LINCOLN, The Black Church Since Frazier (entire, by April 9)
READ: HARVEY, chapter 5
PRESENTATIONS: Healy; Seymour; Tolton

April 16 – April 18: Black Theology

READ: CONE (entire, by April 16)
PRESENTATIONS: Abernathy; Hall
DUE (April 18): Response #4 (on Lincoln, in FRAZIER)

April 23: NO CLASS (Pesah)

April 25: After King

READING: Gilkes, “Plenty Good Room”
PRESENTATION: Murray
DUE: Draft, final paper

April 30: MOVE

READ: Gurson, “The Philadelphia Siege” (from New York Times)
READ: HARVEY, chapter 6 & “Epilogue”
PRESENTATION: Leaphart
DUE: Response #5 (on CONE)

May 2: The Current State of the African American Religious Experience

READ: Pew Research Center, “A Religious Portrait of African Americans

May 7: Conclusions

May 10: DUE: Final Paper

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